According to the Delors Commission (UNESCO 1996) “Education is at the heart of both personal & community development; its mission is to enable each of us develop all our talents to the full and to realize our creative potential, including being responsible for our own lives, without exception, and the achievement of our personal aims.”
Education is the process of teaching, training, and learning in order to develop skills and/or improve knowledge. This may be formal, informal or non-formal. Remember, education is also the transfer of culture (including dressing, norms, beliefs, and so on) from one generation to another.
Quality Education on the other hand involves making the best form of education available to everyone without any form of marginalization. Equity in education means that personal and social circumstances such as gender, ethnic origin or family backgroundare not obstacles to achieving educational potential and that all individuals reach at least a basic minimum level of skills.
A good quality education is one that provides all learners with capabilities they require to become economically productive, develop sustainable livelihoods, contribute to peaceful and democratic societies and enhance individual well-being. It, therefore, suffice to say that sustainable development begins with quality education.
Quality education puts the student at the centre of the learning process and helps them to reach their full potentials in life. For it to work, it requires the active participation of students. Quality Education is the single solution to many pungent problems that our nation and world is currently facing.
Quality education cannot be based on a blueprint that is applicable across all situations. The learning outcomes that are required vary according to context but at the end of the basic education cycle, education must include threshold levels of literacy and numeracy, basic scientific knowledge and life skills.
Here are some very important points to note about Quality Education;
- It is a fundamental human right that everyone deserves
- It provides the foundation for equity in society
- It is one of the most basic public services
- It, not only enlightens, but also empowers citizens and enables them to contribute to the social and economic development of their communities
- It can be achieved by giving adequate support to educational institutions and enhancing the capacities of local education authorities
Governments & other public authorities should ensure that quality education service is available to all citizens and that educational solutions are based on the real needs of the country and/or community because there is nothing like meeting a need. Education should be made available and accessible for all citizens from early childhood into adulthood without any form of marginalization.
The right to education is not only the right to access education but also the right to receive education of good quality to everyone. Therefore, Quality Education must not just be available and accessible but also acceptable and adaptable.
To make education available and accessible to all, everyone has to play their role in making it happen; government, educational institutions, families, etc. It is a collective responsibility and when we work together, we can indeed create a better, more sustainable world through quality education.
As you are already aware, we have recently started the our weekly TweetChat and we hope more and more people can join us in this inspiring journey on a weekly basis. The goal of the Advancement TweetChat is to provide a platform for you to rise beyond the limitations of life by sharing knowledge that would be of great help to you, providing you with answers to the questions bothering you, offering solutions to the problems that you dread the most in your studies, career, and so on.
Each week, we shall have a facilitator handling a particular topic that, we are sure, would be of great interest to you. The facilitator shall spend some time giving a succinct exposition on the selected topic. This would be followed by a question and answer session.During the Q & A session, participants shall be able to ask the facilitator questions guided by @AAUAdvancement; the moderator.
For the sake of those that are unable to join the tweetchat live, we shall convert the discussion into an article to make our blog post for the week. Now that we have already started and week one has come and gone, our blog is now ready. Please be informed that you can drop a comment but bear in mind that the fun is actually in joining the chat.
Knowledge, they say, is power and power indeed rules the world. Many people; male or female, young or old are nonentities today simply because they lack the information, knowledge, exposure and skills needed for them to rise beyond the ordinary and become extraordinary in the things that they do. Our generation has the potential to do greater things than generations before us but without the basic tools and necessities, the story might just be otherwise.
This is why we, at the Advancement Office of Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State, Nigeria, now launch our weekly Advancement Tweetchat where we shall provide you with answers to questions bothering you, solutions to the problems that you dread the most as well as a platform for you to rise beyond limitations by offering you with the tools that will help you become better individuals.
By 2pm on Wednesdays, we invite all and sundry to join us on Twitter (relayed on Instagram and Facebook) via @AAUAdvancement as well as #AdvanceAAUA and #MyAAUA. Be sure that you would have a great time learning from carefully selected agents of change, academics, thought leaders, venture capitalists, icons of intelligence, as well as mentors across various fields.
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